Tuesday, 17 June 2014

BLOG TOUR! Dark Days by Kate Ormand + Guest Post

Dark Days
Behind 256 Pages
Released: 3 June 2014
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
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At the Other End:
The future world has been divided into sectors--each the same as the other. Surrounded by thick steel fences, there is no way in and no way out. Yet a cyborg army penetrates each sector, picking off its citizens one by one, until no one is left. Behind the sectors' thick walls, the citizens wait to die. Few will be chosen to survive what's coming; the rest will be left behind to suffer. A new world has been created, and its rulers are incredibly selective on who will become a citizen. They want only those with important roles in society to help create a more perfect future. 

Sixteen-year-old Sia lives in one of the sectors as part of a family that is far too ordinary to be picked to live. According to the digital clock that towers high above her sector, she has only fifteen days to live. Sia has seen the reports and knows a horrific death is in store for her, but she is determined to make the most of her final days. Sia refuses to mourn her short life, instead promising herself that she'll stay strong, despite being suffocated by her depressed mother and her frightened best friend. Just when Sia feels more alone than ever, she meets Mace, a mysterious boy. There is something that draws Sia to him, despite his dangerousness, and together, they join a group of rebels and embark on an epic journey to destroy the new world and its machines, and to put an end to the slaughter of innocent people.

Author Bio:
KATE ORMAND is a YA writer represented by Isabel Atherton at Creative Authors Ltd. She lives in the UK with her family, her partner, and a cocker spaniel called Freddie. She recently graduated from university with a first class BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art Painting. It was during this course that Kate discovered her love of reading YA books, prompting her to try a new creative angle and experiment with writing. Kate is also a member of an online group of published writers and illustrators called Author Allsorts. And she writes children’s picture books under the name Kate Louise. 

Find Kate:
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Turning an idea into a story
I see something or think about something that sparks an idea. Then, if it’s something I think could work as a story, I start to flesh it out by writing notes everywhere—in notebooks, scrap pieces of paper, till receipts, phone notes, or emailing myself. This probably isn’t the best way, because it all gets pretty mixed up, but at least it’s written down somewhere for me to begin making sense of. I was editing a while back, and knew I’d written down what I wanted to add somewhere but I couldn’t remember where. In the end I found it in the answer section of a puzzle book. Sigh.

When I have an idea I'm developing, I let it stew for a while, thinking about the world, the characters, asking myself questions—how are they in this environment? What happened before their story? What are their goals, their drive? 

Things do get complicated, because there’s so much to think about, but words are words. Writing something—anything—is better than nothing. No one is going to see it until you’re ready, and things can be deleted or reworked. Just write. Whatever it is, it’s something. Be patient, work hard, read hard, and have fun. :)

Now for a special surprise...



  1. I always have ideas roaming around my head but I never jot them down, I always think I'll remember them but I don't. I really should come up with a more organized system .-.

    Thanks for sharing this guest post, Gina!!

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

    1. haha that used to be me and my old review system. Just read books, then I think that I would remember everything that happened when I go to write my review..... yeah, it didn't go so well haha. Now, I've stuck to writing the review straight after I've finished the book, and I can't start the next one until that's done. Thanks :)


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